In Memory: James Colvin

A celebration of life service for former James Colvin, a retired senior instructor in the Department of Political Science, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. July 28 at Swan Law Funeral Home, 501 N. Cascade Avenue.

Colvin, 73, died July 24 after a long illness. He was a UCCS senior instructor from 2003 to 2010 following a distinguished career in Colorado Springs municipal government.

An obituary, as prepared by family members and published in the Colorado Springs Gazette follows.

James Graham Colvin II

Jim ColvinJim, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer and Parkinson’s disease with his wife and family by his side, at home on July 24, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born in New York City on December 18, 1941, the first of four children to the late James and Hope Colvin.

Jim attended Trinity Pawling Preparatory School and was Head Prefect his senior year. While in college, he was president of his fraternity, DKE and captain of the football team. After graduation from Hamilton College, he served in the Navy during the Vietnam War commanding his own swift boats for 3 tours. Jim remained in the Navy Reserve and retired as a Captain in 1993. Jim graduated from University of Denver Law School with a JD and worked for the City of Colorado Springs, being appointed the City Attorney in 1981 and retiring in 1998.

After retirement, he was a consultant and a part time senior instructor in political science at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Serving on numerous boards, too many to list, Jim had a special fondness for Cheyenne Village and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. He was an avid reader, loved the outdoors, road trips, his discussion groups and family get togethers. Jim hiked many of the Colorado fourteeners with his dogs, Sally and Maggie. He could be seen at all of his grandchildren’s sporting events and school activities.

Jim was passionate about his family and seeing his grandchildren brought a twinkle to his eyes. Jim is survived by his loving and devoted wife Carolyn, children Michael Colvin (Melissa), Elizabeth Colvin Johnson (Dennis), stepsons Jeffrey Markewich, Robert Markewich (Morgan), grandchildren, Athena, Aurora, Hailey, Luke, Laura, Amelia, Frances, Jules, Clare and Abigail, siblings Donald Colvin, John Colvin and Jocelyn Colvin Wall as well as nieces and nephews especially Carey Leigh Stark.

The family so appreciates all the assistance and wonderful care given by Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care during Jim’s last week, especially his “Hospice Cypress Team”.

A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Swan Law Funeral Home, 501 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to Cheyenne Village, 6275 Lehman Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 or Pikes Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care, 2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.

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